Great mountain; great terrain; challenging, very steep chutes; and awesome tree skiing. This mountain is a must for any Utah skiing vacation. If you like to ski the groomed runs, you are going to like it; but if you like challenging, steep (sometimes extremely steep) stuff, this is the place to be. The mountain is the perfect combination of Kicking Horse and Red Mountain.


  • On a big powder day, you should get on line very early to get the first tram. If you get the 2nd one, it’s still okay, but the 3rd or 4th is a waste of time. Instead, use the Peruvian chair and get your untracked lines right from the beginning.
  • Should the upper mountain remain closed for some time due to avalanche control, you might want to use the Wilbere chair. Not the greatest vertical, but at least it’s untracked powder without endless waiting.
  • A snowy year means a long season at the Bird. Unlike others resorts, the Bird might extend the season into June or even until  July 4, like it did in 2006.
  • After the official closing, you’re allowed to use the tram for BC skiing. You need to sign a waiver. Snow in July and August usually provides enough skiing to keep your strike going.
  • Again, they have a day pass that allows you to ski Snowbird and Alta. Absolutely not worth it. Both resorts are big enough to keep you busy, and one day is not enough to ski both, so it’s a waste of $$$.

Discounted Tickets

Most sport shops in Salt Lake sell them. Some motels and hotels offer a US$50 pass that you can use to get a ticket at four different resorts: Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.

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Spring / no powder

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